Re; Hobby ignores onlookers at Brisbane Airport.

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Subject: Re; Hobby ignores onlookers at Brisbane Airport.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 07:42:51 +1000
Hi All, I agree with Steve and David, Hobbies are one of our more approachable 
raptors but here in SEQ, Ospreys are equally approachable when having a feed. 
Just recently at Caloundra Headland Brian Russell and myself photographed one 
with a fish kill and approached to within a few metres and could have gotten 
closer but too much lens. At one point a local, oblivious to the bird, walked 
right underneath the branch (within touching distance) and the Osprey just kept 
on feeding. I was returning with a smaller focal length lens, when the bird on 
finishing its meal flew directly toward me, low over the sand and landed right 
in front of me & proceeded to wash itself in the surf. This went on for a few 
minutes, within 10-12 feet of both Brian and myself with the bird completely 
unperturbed at our presence. Amazing photos taken! Cheers - Paul W.

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